Broccoli mash on a white plate

Broccoli Garlic Mash

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This garlicky broccoli garlic mash with fresh cilantro and parsley tastes amazingly delicious! which makes it a great, healthy, and low-carb side dish for your favorite dishes!

Broccoli mash on a white plate

Broccoli is your best friend if you are looking for a high fiber and low carb vegetable to include in your diet. It is packed with fiber and adding it to your meals is the best way to boost your fiber intake! Not to mention all the other nutrition components that broccoli can serve and provide for your body.

broccoli mash with a piece of grain bread served on a plate

However, many people dislike the earthy, bitter taste of broccoli which explains why some of us will pass the broccoli section in the grocery store. But who said healthy food can’t taste good? all you need is some fresh herbs and garlic to make this delicious broccoli garlic mash.

mashed broccoli served with grain bread on a white plate

This broccoli mash recipe is full of garlicky flavor, tastes good, and serves a healthy, low carb side dish. It’s super easy and quick to make with minimal ingredients you can find in your kitchen at any time! I find this recipe makes a great side for steak, chicken, and roasted potatoes. You can also serve it with raw vegetables such as baby carrots, cucumber or bell peppers.

mashed broccoli served with grain bread on a white surface

This also makes a great low carb dish if you are cautious about your carb consumption. You can add cheese if you want to up your fat intake and give it more taste!

Serving: A healthy side dish for BBQ.

This recipe makes a great, healthy, and low carb side dish for your grilled goodies! Chicken and steak bbq are great peer for this broccoli recipe. You can also side it with a fresh summer salad!

See summer salad recipes:

Summer Peach, Cucumber, and Beet Salad

Why steamed broccoli?

I chose to steam broccoli crowns to preserve as many nutrients as possible. Steaming is considered the safest way to cook broccoli and manage to keep its dietary content. Steaming also takes less time, so I highly recommend steaming instead of boiling!

Tips on how to steam broccoli.

Start with hot boiling water. You need to boil your water in advance before steaming. Next thing you need a deep pot and a steamer basket. After you have washed and cut the broccoli crowns into half, place broccoli crowns in the steaming basket and place it on top of the pot. Coverup and steam for 10 minutes maximum. Check with a fork to see if the broccoli is soft and cooked.

Serving and storing tips.

This recipe contains eggs so it’s best to serve immediately as storing may result in a slight change in taste.

No steamer? No problem!

If you don’t have a steaming basket you can use a saucepan! Add around one inch of water, bring it to a boil and then add chopped broccoli. Coverup and steam for 4 minutes or until the broccoli are tender and soft. Make sure to chop broccoli before steaming as this method may not work with big sized broccoli crowns.

See other ways on how to steam broccoli without using a steaming basket.

What can I use instead of garlic leaves?

Fresh garlic leaves are a great way to season your food as it has a very pleasant garlicky aroma. If you don’t have access to garlic leaves you can either use one more garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to bring in the flavor. However, garlic leaves are the best when it comes to seasoning this broccoli mash recipe.

If you like this recipe, you may want to check for more side dish ideas:

Moroccan Almond Dip (Amlou)

Broccoli mash on a white plate

Broccoli Garlic Mash

Mashed steamed broccoli with garlic, parsley, and olive oil. A healthy, low carb, and delicious side dish to serve with your favorite dishes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 3
Calories 104 kcal


  • 400 grams (1 lb) Broccoli florets cut into half, rinsed
  • 2 medium-size garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsely minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro minced
  • 2 garlic leaves medium-sized, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • boiled water for steaming


  • Place broccoli crowns on a steaming basket. Coverup, and let it cook for 10 minutes or until the broccoli is soft and tender.
  • While broccoli is steaming, heat a nonstick pan, add olive oil, chopped garlic cloves, and diced garlic leaves. Stir on low heat for two minutes. Turn off the stove and set aside for later.
  • Transfer cooked broccoli to the pan along with sauteed garlic. Mash everything together until it's soft and mushy.
  • Turn on the stove and add parsley, cilantro, pepper, cumin, and salt. Mix everything together on low heat.
  • Add lightly beaten egg to mashed broccoli. Mix until it's well coated. Coverup and cook for 2 minutes or until the egg is completely cooked.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and parsley and serve hot immediately.


This recipe can not be stored. It’s best to serve it and consume it right away.
Please refer to the tips above for more steaming and serving tips.
Keyword Broccoli mash, low carb side dishes, steamed broccoli